I think in some respects this is true, but for some teams. In Sask v Cal this past weekend Sask showed off their Canadian talent in an enjoyable game for all, even if you're not a fan of either team. One of the posters on the globe and mail page says to look at Toronto and their canadian content which is poor. But in my opinion this is what makes you a good team in the CFL. You're only as good as your canadian players in a lot of respects. There is a large pool of american players who are great footballers, whether they adapt to the CFL game notwithstanding, and you can build a solid core of american players. But it comes down to drafting and developing the homegrown talent that can make u that much better. Teams like Toronto I think have focused on trying to get higher level american talent to build their team and thus their canadian content has disappointed. One of the things that worries me about my Bombers is how many draft picks they've traded away in recent years and also in the next couple yet to come.
One of the other problems I think is the way Canadian players are viewed. I think canadian players get pidgeon-holed into certain positions on the field and that leaves out a number of players that have played in the CIS or they are forced to play out of a position they've played the last number of years and don't adapt well. Running back is one of those spots where in recent years there are some canucks who have played running back in CIS or NCAA and may not be given a proper shot at the position but are instead asked to become fullbacks or specialized power backs for short yardage. John Cornish in Calgary for instance, though Joffrey Reynolds ahead of him is a good back, but if he gets hurt, do they turn to cornish or another american back? In Edmonton after Lumsden went down, they didn't go with McCarty as the primary back even though hes played well last year and this year when healthy and given his chances but instead went to Whitlock who was on the PR. And though Whitlocks played better as the season wore on, he was horrid his first few games and they still didn't play McCarty as much. If Mallett gets hurt in BC, do they use Jamal Lee or turn to another US back?
What I would like to see is the CFL and CFLPA work out a way to get an extra 2 spots on the PR for each team specifically for canadian players, like a developmental squad or "internship" if you will. They practice all season and learn with the idea they will be better suited to compete for a job the following year. I think this is a better idea when you consider if Ottawa comes on board in the next 2-3 years and you need to do a dispersal draft of canadian players, this would better position the teams to not have as large drop off in talent the following year.
The other thought I have is to further expand rookie camp and training camp rosters to include more CIS players, give them the opportunity to have CFL coaching and pointers on what they need to work on when they return to their CIS teams for their seasons.
Thoughts? Other ideas? Anyone think the only way is to just decrease the ratio?